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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-09-07

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CONTENTS

  • [01] GREEK LEADERS DISCUSS GREEK-TURKISH RELATIONS AND CYPRUS
  • [02] NEW DEMOCRACY CADRES DISCUSS EARLY ELECTIONS
  • [03] INFLATION 2% IN AUGUST
  • [04] GREEK PRESIDENT TO SPONSOR FIRE-FIGHTING VOLUNTEERS
  • [05] THESSALONIKI TO BE TURNED INTO BALKAN CENTRE
  • [06] CHURCH OF GREECE SETS CONDITIONS FOR POPE'S VISIT
  • [07] WHOLE OF GREECE RESPONSIBLE FOR 2004 OLYMPICS
  • [08] GREEK HOUSE SPEAKER AND GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER DISAGREE
  • [09] ATHENS AND NICOSIA IN CONSTANT TOUCH

  • [01] GREEK LEADERS DISCUSS GREEK-TURKISH RELATIONS AND CYPRUS

    During a meeting chaired by prime minister Kostas Simitis at the Maximos Mansion yesterday, Mr Simitis discussed with the foreign and defence ministers the results of the informal session of the European Union foreign ministers' council held in Finland and the latest developments in the Cyprus issue in view of Cypriot president Glafkos Kliridis' visit to Athens. In statements to journalists after the meeting, foreign minister Yorgos Papandreou reiterated that although the present situation had led to an improvement of the climate between Greece and Turkey, the problems between the two countries still remained. In a letter to Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis, American president Bill Clinton congratulated him for the aid despatched to quake-stricken Turkey.

    In the meantime, the New Democracy press spokesman accused the government of undermining its own policy and harming Greece's interests in order to be praised by third parties. He also stressed that the upgrading of Turkey's relations with the European Union took place without Turkey's meeting any of the conditions set by the European Union. In answer to New Democracy spokesman Aris Spiliotopoulos' strongly worded statement, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said Greece has delineated Turkey's relations with the European Union in ways safeguarding national interests, adding that the government's policy was a correct and efficient one, a policy of principles, and would remain unchanged.

    [02] NEW DEMOCRACY CADRES DISCUSS EARLY ELECTIONS

    During a meeting chaired yesterday by New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis, the party's cadres discussed the eventuality of early elections in March 2000 and the election of a new President. Mr Karamanlis accused the government of presenting the Greek people with blackmailing dilemmas, while the New Democracy press spokesman said the prime minister made use of blackmail in view of his final electoral defeat.

    [03] INFLATION 2% IN AUGUST

    Inflation in Greece dropped to 2% in August as compared to 2.1% in July. Governmental officials, who will table in Parliament today a draft bill on tax reductions, hope that inflation will have dropped to 1.7% by the end of the year.

    [04] GREEK PRESIDENT TO SPONSOR FIRE-FIGHTING VOLUNTEERS

    During his meeting yesterday with interior minister Vasso Papandreou and public order minister Michalis Chrysohoidis, Greek president Konstantinos Stefanopoulos accepted the government's proposal to put under the auspices of the presidency of the republic an initiative for the establishment of a volunteer corps for the protection of forests. In the framework of the government's initiative, volunteer firemen will be eligible to the same benefits permanent firemen are receiving.

    [05] THESSALONIKI TO BE TURNED INTO BALKAN CENTRE

    Government officials had contacts in Thessaloniki in the part few days concerning infrastructure projects for turning Thessaloniki into a major centre in the Balkans. The national defence ministry has decided to cede to local administration 82 camps covering a total of 15 million square metres, where 12 modern camps will be built.

    [06] CHURCH OF GREECE SETS CONDITIONS FOR POPE'S VISIT

    A decision reached by the permanent Holy Synod has said the Church of Greece clarifies Pope John Paul the second is welcome to visit Greece as a head of state, as Greece does not close its borders to anyone. But in case he wishes to visit Greece as head of the Roman Catholic Church, he will have to express regret over past interventions by the Roman Catholic Church.

    [07] WHOLE OF GREECE RESPONSIBLE FOR 2004 OLYMPICS

    Athens and Thessaloniki will not be the only cities to assume responsibility for the 2004 Olympics, but the whole of Greece. This was stressed by vice-president of the Organising Committee Niki Tzavela and managing director Kostas Bakouris at a press conference held in Thessaloniki yesterday.

    [08] GREEK HOUSE SPEAKER AND GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER DISAGREE

    The Kosovo issue as well as the warning by German foreign minister Joschka Fischer to Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic that the policy he is following might lead to the autonomy of Montenegro and Vojvodina was a point of strong confrontation between the German minister and speaker of the Greek parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis. The two men argued during yesterday's meeting of Council of Europe parliament speakers with representatives of the Group of Eight.

    [09] ATHENS AND NICOSIA IN CONSTANT TOUCH

    Cypriot government spokesman Michalis Papapetrou has said Athens and Nicosia were in constant touch about developments in Greek-Turkish relations. He said Greek foreign minister Yorgos Papandreou spoke with his Cypriot counterpart Yannakis Kassoulidis yesterday and briefed him on the informal session of the EU foreign ministers' council in Finland. He also reiterated that any normalization of relations between Turkey and the EU would necessarily entail a Cyprus solution.
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